CIO at London South Bank University David Swayne freely admits he fell into the IT profession after it became clear he wouldn't be able to carve a career as a lead guitarist.
However, since his entry into the profession, Swayne has earned an enviable reputation for his work in promoting digital learning, and is currently leading a massive project to migrate the university's data centre to IBM's SoftLayer cloud.
Eager to see what makes the man behind London South Bank University's IT tick we put Swayne in the V3 Hot Seat. Swayne is one of many prestigious IT professionals to take the V3 Hot Seat, following on from CIO of the London Borough of Camden John Jackson and Cats Protection head of IT Tony Gamble.
V3: What part of your job to you enjoy most?
Swayne: Implementing new ICT services that support the university strategy and will ultimately provide opportunities to our students that can be life changing. The goal is to increase the number of graduates and improve the level of qualification that students graduate with, which could enable employment opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable.
What would be your dream job?
Lead guitarist in a progressive rock band - unfortunately I don't have the talent to be successful in that field.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
My mobile phone is a Nokia Classic, and my tablet is an iPad 2.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
The PC and subsequently mobile devices - I started work in the era of mainframes and green screens.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
The feedback from staff and students when they first used the learning and teaching environments in Nottingham Trent University's refurbished Newton Building.
What was your first job?
Strictly speaking, storing and delivering items for traders on the Melton Mowbray market. But my first IT job was as a developer at British Gypsum.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
Solving business problems through the innovative use of technology.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Simpler and more effective user interface devices - perhaps building on game technology and bringing that into the workplace.
What do you enjoy doing when you finish work?
I like cycling, playing golf, listening to music and reading.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
Lee Child's Never Go Back. I enjoyed it.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
My favourite band is Rush and my favourite musician is jazz guitarist Martin Taylor.
Where's your favourite holiday destination?
I enjoy going to Suffolk.
Ereaders or real books?
I use both but prefer real books.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
I use Twitter and Facebook.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
I prefer the Beatles.
Windows or Mac OS?
I use Windows.
On-premise or cloud?
Cloud - I'm currently delivering a project to migrate London South Bank University's data centre into IBM SoftLayer.
What's holding back women from entering the IT profession?
The image presented by the industry, but with the increasing number of women in senior management positions at global IT companies, that should be changing.
How can we get more school children interested in IT careers?
Stop making IT appear so complex and teach the basics first.
Did you grow up wanting to work in IT?
No, I did a Computing O-Level when I was in the Sixth Form and decided I wanted to work in IT at the last minute before going to Leicester Polytechnic.
What websites do you have bookmarked at work?
I have Gartner CIO, Prezi and Yachts and Yachting bookmarked.
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